Month: December 2016

Ramblings On My Mind – January 2017

Greg Johnson / CBA President

This past December marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Cascade Blues Association becoming a business and a non-profit organization. There have been a number of changes since the inception, not only in how the company is run and the events that we hold, but definitely in the make-up of the music community itself. The CBA strives to continue to support the blues scene in Portland and the Northwest despite the coming and going of venues, and laws and personal economics that alter the way we go about attending events as often as many of us …

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Fundraiser To Help NW Acts Heading To The International Blues Challenge in Memphis

On Saturday, January 7, come to the Trails End Saloon to support several of the Northwest acts that will travel to Memphis in February to compete in the renowned International Blues Challenge on that city’s famous Beale Street. Each of these acts have won their respective blues societies’ regional competitions, and this will be one more opportunity to help raise funds for their trips and give them a chance to prepare their sets prior to arriving in Memphis.

To help them prepare, the acts will perform in a situation like they will experience at the International Blues Challenge, with timed …

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Just This One: Muddy Winners to Shine at Paul deLay Tribute

It’s been ten years since the great Paul deLay passed away, but a room full of Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award winners will bring his songs and spirit back to the stage on Saturday evening, January 21, at the Alberta Rose Theatre.

Just This One is a concert performance of a new musical based on the music and life of Portland’s favorite blues monster. Multiple CBA honorees will perform “Beautiful Bones,” “Silly Smile,” and “Maybe Our Luck Will Change,” plus dozens of other deLay’s tunes.

Sugaray Rayford (photo by Alejandro Rodriguez)

Sugaray Rayford takes the lead. A six-time Blues Music …

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An Evening With King Louie and Andy Stokes

Andy Stokes

On Monday, January 30, The Lake Theater & Café is proud to host an intimate evening of soulful sounds featuring two of the Northwest’s premier musicians: New5 recording artist Andy Stokes and Portland’s Boss of the B-3, Louis “King Louie” Pain.

Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee and Muddy Award winning vocalist Andy Stokes has one of the most powerful and soulful voices on the planet. As the leader of the band Cool’R in the 80s he set the standard for soul in Portland and The Andy Stokes Band continues to deliver night after night. Stokes recently released his newest …

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Something To Talk About – A Portland Bonnie Raitt Tribute

Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie RaittWhen it comes to influential musicians of the past fifty years who have crossed genres between blues and rock, Bonnie Raitt is one who definitely stands out. It seems almost impossible to believe that she has been around the scene for so many years as she comes across as eternally youthful, but since the early 1970s she has been a major force as a more than exceptional guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and performer. Her fan base is world wide, and Portland is no exception.

An amazing group of artists will be gathering once again to pay tribute to Bonnie Raitt at …

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Johnny Nicholas and Scrappy Jud Newcomb – Together At The Lake Theater & Café

Johnny NicholasFor four decades, Johnny Nicholas has showcased his consummate musicianship and vocal skills, having graced live music scenes across the country and abroad. The list of legendary musicians with whom he worked and performed alongside reads like a who’s who for blues and roots music, including people such as Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, Muddy Waters, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt, among many others. In fact, he gave guitarist Ronnie Earl his first gig, letting him play in his then band Guitar Johnny and the Rhythm Rockers. Nicholas also spent time as the lead vocalist and …

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Seth Walker Returns To Portland With Show At Duff’s Garage

Seth Walker

Seth WalkerA soulful singer, skilled songwriter, and guitarist with a sharp, clear tone, Seth Walker has made a name for himself throughout the country, having lived in both Austin and New Orleans and recorded in Nashville. His upbringing brought him contact with classical music alongside country, rock, and pop, but thanks to an uncle he was introduced to the blues in his late teens and here he found himself under the spell of players such as Snooks Eaglin, T-Bone Walker, and BB King. His guitar work is clean with a classic electric tone, while his vocal skills echo Ray Charles, and …

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Eric Johnson Solo – An Evening of Acoustic Guitar & Piano

Eric Johnson, long hailed as one of the world’s preeminent electric guitarists, celebrates his acoustic side with his new release EJ. While this album emphasizes Johnson’s formidable skills as a singer-songwriter, his first completely unplugged album is also his most immediate and intimate. For Johnson, the creation of sublime music has always been about the journey inward, an approach shared by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, and other visionaries.

Over the years, his unwavering devotion to perfecting his art has become as legendary as his attention to the instruments he plays. This is evident in his …

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What’s on Tap for January’s General Membership Meeting …

The Lightning Kings

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $5.00
Opening Acoustic Set – Tevis Hodge Jr.
Second Electric Set – The Lightning Kings

As we step into the New Year we need to look at a few changes. One is an increase to attend our monthly membership meetings for non-members. This is the first time in many years that we have made any changes in fees, including memberships which we will continue at $25.00 a year for a single membership at this time. It is a small step, but we need …

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Modern Day Troubadour Jeffrey Foucault Comes To Doug Fir

Jeffrey Foucault

Jeffrey FoucaultMartin Chilton, culture editor for London’s Daily Telegraph, calls Jeffrey Foucault “an original, beguiling songwriter with a marvelously expressive voice.” With ten albums under his belt, this skillful troubadour is currently touring across the country with drummer Billy Conway. Poet and writer Chris Dombrowski describes Foucault’s music as “a tough, spare collection of darkly rendered blues and ballads, like a field recording of a place that never existed. In a series of letters to lovers, friends, heroes, and family, Foucault deftly weaves together disparate strands of sound and experience, raw love, and hard wisdom.” He has been compared to …

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